Is Top Ramen Vegan? (Some Flavors MIGHT Be)


There are currently 6 flavors of Top Ramen.

Some are clearly not vegan: chicken, beef, shrimp, and hot & spicy beef.

But two are not as obvious: the soy sauce and chili flavors.

Is Top Ramen Soy Sauce (Oriental) Vegan?

top ramen soy sauce

Top Ramen says this flavor is vegetarian, but is it vegan as well?

I won’t list the full ingredients list, but there are some ingredients that concern me:

Palm oil, caramel color, sugar

Let’s go through these one-by-one:

  • Palm oil – Many vegans don’t eat palm oil because of ethical concerns about the industry. You’ll have to make up your own mind on it if you haven’t already. My conclusion is that palm oil is “technically” vegan, although I don’t eat it myself.
  • Sugar – Some sugar is not vegan because it’s processed with bone char. There’s no way to tell just from the package.
  • Caramel color –Caramel color is typically vegan, so I’m not too worried about this.

If the palm oil isn’t an issue for you, there’s a decent chance that the soy sauce flavor is vegan. However, that still leaves a decent chance that it isn’t.

It’s up to you if you’re willing to take a gamble on it.

Is Top Ramen Chili Vegan?

top ramen chili

Again, this is a vegetarian flavor.

It has the same ingredients that worry me:

  • Palm oil
  • Sugar
  • Caramel color

Again, there’s a pretty good chance that the chili flavor is vegan, but also a chance that it isn’t.

Verdict: Are Any Top Ramen Flavors Vegan-Friendly?

Unfortunately no definitive answers here.

However, we can say that if you’re okay with palm oil, both the soy sauce (oriental) and chiliflavors are possibly vegan. It’s probably even likely that they are.

But there’s a significant chance they aren’t, so it’s up to you if you’d like to take the risk.

About the author

Dale C.

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance writer. Trying to do my small part in making the world better by writing about the wonderful world of veganism.

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